September 17, 2021

Police set on four journalists covering an opposition demonstration in Baku

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh September 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police set on four journalists covering an opposition demonstration in Baku AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders urged interior minister Ramil Usubov to do his utmost to protect journalists in the run-up to legislative elections after police set on four journalists at a banned opposition demonstration on 25 September 2005.The journalists, Mahabbat Orujev, Rei Kerimoglu, Sakit Mamedov and Zohrab Zeynalov, were covering a rally called by opposition group Azadlig to demand free and fair elections on 6 November.Police seized a camera from Orujev, reporter on the daily Yeni Musavat, who had shown his press card. Police also broke a camera being used by a colleague on the same daily, Rei Kerimoglu, although he was wearing a blue jacket handed out to journalists by the Press Council to protect them from attack.Reporter on the weekly Avropa, Sakit Mamedov, was beaten by police despite holding up his press card. Photographer with the Azer-Press agency, Zohrab Zeynalov, was beaten while he attempted to take pictures of police officers who were charging at demonstrators, about one hundred of whom were arrested, organisers said.“This violence demonstrates yet again the climate of insecurity that has taken hold in Azerbaijan in the run-up to legislative elections, particularly for journalists. Obtaining news and information has become more and more difficult and they cannot work without taking real risks” said Reporters Without Borders, as it made its appeal to the information minister.On 21 May, Farid Teymurkhanli of the daily Zerkalo, was clubbed over the head by security forces while he was covering an opposition demonstration in Baku and wearing a press armband. News June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts April 9, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News to go further News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Newslast_img

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